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AADigest February/April 2015

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AADigest: February/April 2015

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Braden is 5 years old and was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He is a very smart, loving, energetic little boy. He loves his IPad, playing with Play-Doh, being outside, and watching movies. He enjoys preschool and will soon start kindergarten. Braden is full of life, a joy to be around, and he is truly a blessing to his family.

What’s New!

6 | Meet Angela DeMuro! 
Introducing the mind behind Mr. M., a comic strip now regularly featured in the Digest

7 | Brian and Brianna Bears Bring Out Confidence in Children
Helping kids to “Ready, Set, Go!”


8 | The Way I See It – 1950’s Parenting Methods to Help Children with Autism
Temple Grandin, PhD

16 | Perspective – Later Autism Diagnosis Doesn’t Preclude Success
Ellen Notbohm, BS

12 | Insider: An Aspie’s Tips for Teens – “Bad” words are interesting. 
Jennifer O’Toole

 16| Autism Around the World – Uruguay
Paula Greco


18 | Reading Body Language 
Learning how to interpret nonverbal communication can make a huge difference for individuals with ASD.
Pat Crissey

22 | The Relief of Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Diagnosis in Adults
Adult ASD diagnosis can actually provide understanding and make life less stressful.
Carolyn Ogburn

26 | I (still) Can’t Play Kickball 
Difficulty with childhood games and organized sports should not limit physical activity for those on the spectrum.
Lydia Wayman

28 | 2003 Cover Girl Updates Her Journey 
Charlotte Hance describes how her challenges helped her find a new normal.
Charlotte Hance

30 | Riding the First Wave
Surfer’s Healing camp founders get candid.
Joanne Lara, MA and Keri Bowers

34 |Autism Spectrum Disorder & Vitamin D
Dr. John Cannell presents a new book that provides evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to ASD.
John J. Cannell, MD

 40 |’Sensory Enrichment Therapy’
Now there is proof that inventive sensorimotor therapy can boost IQ scores of children on the spectrum.
Lyn Dunsavage Young

44 |Making Meaning, Making Sense
A mother shares how her son’s diagnosis challenged her to find her own voice and live out loud.
Darolyn Jones, PhD


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